Árpád János Potápi, the state secretary for ethnic Hungarians abroad, inaugurated a scouting monument in Lăzarea (Gyergyószárhegy), in northern Romania, on Saturday and attended the inauguration service of a church in Sfântu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy), renovated using Hungarian state funding on Sunday, MTI reported.
“The Hungarian nation is now getting stronger in 2021, the year of starting over,” Potápi said in his speech at the inauguration of the scouting monument the ceremony of which was organised by the Hungarian Scout Association in Romania (RMCSSZ).
“It’s possible to bounce back from any difficult situation, but it requires work, faith and hope,” he said.
“If we have these in our hearts, if we can do the work, and if we do whatever it takes, the Hungarian revival will become a reality.”
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The monument was erected in front of the Lăzarea school to mark the 31st anniversary of the founding of the RMCSSZ.
At the ceremony, Potápi was presented with an award by the scout association.
In Sfântu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy), at the inauguration service of a church Potápi told the Reformed Church gathering that the edifice of the late-Gothic fortified structure was renovated thanks to “a cooperative effort by the Hungarian nation” and the active local community.
A bid for European funding had been thwarted by Romanian authorities in 2015.
Its completion with Hungarian financing “conveys the message that every Hungarian can rely on the Hungarian government…” Potápi said.